In September 2012 Fields in Trust launched the Inclusion Fund to coincide with the 2012 Paralympic Games. This new grant-making programme is aimed at improving access to sport and play facilities for disabled children and young people.
A total of 45 applications were received from a wide range of site owners across the UK. Applications featured a broad range of improvements from the installation of fully accessible play equipment (swings, roundabouts and interactive games) to ramps and pathways to provide better access to recreation areas.
Fields in Trust partnered with the disability charity Scope to assess applications. Ten grants (totalling £80,000) were awarded.
Fields in Trust hopes to provide a second round of funding in 2013.
‘Play and activity are the foundation stones on which participation in sport in later life are built. The QEII Fields Inclusion Fund will give grants to ensure these vital first steps are available to all members of a community’
said Barry Horne, Chief Executive of English Federation of Disability Sport
'The QEII Fields Inclusion Fund aims to enable our local green open spaces to become more accessible for all members of the community. '. Tony Rucinski, Director of Knowledge and Learning, Scope
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